Written by Margrit Voisin
Category: Music Classes
In a Master Class, all the students watch and listen as the master teacher takes one student at a time.
The students usually perform a single piece, which they have prepared, and the master advises on how to play it, including anecdotes about the composer, demonstrations of how to play certain passages, and common technical errors. Master classes tend to focus on the finer details of attack, tone, phrasing, and overall shape, and the student is expected to have complete control of more basic elements such as rhythm and pitch. All students can benefit from the master's comments on each piece.
We have an annual Recital at the end of the Spring Semester. The fee for this recital is $25 per family with part of the fee going to a charity.
NMS Awards are handed out yearly at the recital. Best in category medals given to students at the recommendation of their teachers and for Kiwanis attendance.
PETER BEAR JUNIOR AWARD, $50 toward music lessons, a trophy & plaque for the studio
MARTA TUTERS SENIOR AWARD, $50 toward music lessons, a trophy & plaque for the studio.
LARISSA SCHOLARSHIP, $50 toward music lessons, a trophy & plaque for the studio
(IJA) ASJA STONSKAJA-PLINOKOS MUSIC EDUCATION AWARD, $100 for a graduating student, Grade 9 music level and up, for outstanding achievement
NMS also offers the Peter Bear and the Larissa Award at the Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Festival.
Festivals and Competition
NMS music students are able to enjoy entering festivals and competitions. Even young students may join in and play without competing. The Oshawa Whitby Kiwanis Music Festival is a great place to start. The mission of the festival is to provide children and other parties interested in the arts, access to the adjudication process. The goal being to encourage the creative interests of our youth by providing a positive and constructive appraisal of performance. The adjudications are designed to inspire, direct and are aimed to encourage excellence
Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul. – Plato